Address: 111 S. Pattie Wichita, KS 67211 View Map
Phone: 316-262-3438

About Us

60 years ago, Kenneth Heinrich started Midwest Sewing and Vacuum on May 5th 1955.  Wow, what a ride it has been.  He started out selling White, Singer and New Home (name later changed to Janome), sewing machines.  He tried numerous ways to sell machines.  He would sell the ladies a new sewing machine and give the husbands a shotgun.  He sold guitars, ceiling fans and microwave ovens right alongside vacuums and sewing machines.  

We have also had many different locations, besides the downtown Wichita store.  We were at Towne West, Towne East, Salina and Hutchinson.  In 2002 he sold the Hutchinson store to BJ and Loren Parsons. (Sorry to say the store in Hutchinson had a major fire on Friday Jan 16, 2015 and lost everything).

In 1969 he was introduced to the Swiss made Bernina sewing machine.  He took them on in the store and sold several thousand 800 series machines over the years and we are still selling the newest Berninas today.  He also managed to put over 3000 machines Kansas schools to replace their classroom machines with Berninas.  He always kept a wide range of machines in various prices, so he would have a machine to meet everyone’s needs and pocketbook.

He was also one of the 1st Simplicity Vacuum dealers in the country and we have now sold over 15,390 vacuums.  We have been a Bernina dealer for 46 years, Janome / New Home dealer for 50 years and a Babylock dealer for the last 30 years.  He was one of the first advertisers on KFDI, and we have been at the Kansas State Fair for the last 44 years.

In 1980 Kenneth and Dan Wirtz, designed the first long arm quilting machine and named it the Ken Quilt.  All long arm quilting machines, today are based off of the Ken Quilt machine.  

This was a lot of success for a man that grew up in a boxcar, on the plains of Western Kansas with 3 brothers and 3 sisters.  

This year for our 60th Birthday, we are planning several promotions throughout the year.  We will be keeping everyone informed, as to what is happening in our stores.  We will be sending out emails with specials and posting specials and happenings on our Facebook page.   We hope to share our big Birthday with all of our loyal customers.

Thank You all, for our success and longevity,

Dixie Heinrich, President, Midwest Sewing Center, Inc.


Midwest Sewing FAQ

Q: What are your hours of operation?
Downtown store is 8:30 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday and Saturday 9:00 to 4:00. West location is 10:00 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 4:00.

Q: Do you service sewing machines and vacuums?
Yes we service most sewing machines and vacuums, we go thru each machine thoroughly from top to bottom. We will give a free estimate if asked. It takes approximately 3 to 5 days to complete your service.

Q: Do you rent or loan machines while mine is being repaired?
Unfortunately at this time we do not offer that service.

Q: Do you sew for people?
No, but we will sell you a wonderful machine so you can sew for yourself.

Q: Do you have sewing classes?
Yes, when you purchase a machine from Midwest Sewing Center, you will receive so many hours of guide classes to understand how your machine operates. We also offer beginning sewing classes, kids classes, and some quilting classes.

Midwest Sewing Center West
7130 W. Maple Suite #260 Wichita KS 67205
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